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Russia praises US decision to pull troops out of Syria

Russia praised President TrumpDonald TrumpFBI says California extremist may have targeted Newsom House Democrat touts resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Facebook to dial back political content on platform MORE's decision to start withdrawing American forces from Syria, saying that the move creates hopes for "a political solution."

"A milestone story which might evolve from this decision is a real prospect for a political solution," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday, according to Russian news agency TASS.

The Russian Embassy in the U.S. also shared the statement.

The White House confirmed in a statement that the administration has "started returning United States troops home" from Syria, but emphasized that coalition efforts in Syria would continue. 

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Several Republicans, including Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBringing America back from the brink Progressive groups warn Congress against Section 230 changes Senators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial MORE (S.C.) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioBiden administration reviewing China genocide designation RNC chair says GOP will be neutral in 2024 presidential primary Puerto Rico officials hopeful of progress on statehood MORE (Fla.), criticized the action, with Graham calling it an "Obama-like mistake." 

"Staying there is an insurance policy against the reemergence of [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] and destruction of our Kurdish allies who fought so bravely against them," said Graham, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Some Democrats, like Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuHouse formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis Washington state rep joins list of Republicans voting to impeach Trump MORE (Calif.), have praised the move, along with Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump censure faces tough odds in Senate Senate GOP slow walking Biden's pick to lead DHS The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - White House targets climate change in today's executive orders MORE (R-Ky.).

Russia and the U.S. have been supporting opposing sides in the Syrian civil war. Russia supports the government led by President Bashar Assad, while the U.S. backs local forces that oppose the government.